I found this placed called Wicked Core and thought I would try it.  The Wicked Core studio doesn’t consider their studio Pilates, they say its Sebastian Lagree fitness instead of Joseph Pilates fitness and the exercises are on a different reformer called a megaformer.  The class is 45 minutes and for two trial classes I paid $15 each.  The exercises are designed to make you shake, I found them fatiguing and not really designed to allow for different levels, if you fatigue in Pilates, you are instructed to cut your reps or modify the movement.  There is no suggestion here.  To quote the instructor she said we do a lot of lunges and planks.  There are no exercises on your back.  I think the props you have in Pilates allow for more variety in exercise.  The instructor mentioned the routine changes every time, however the two times I went it was basically the same.  The music is really loud and I can barely hear the instructor.  All I heard was a series of count downs and it was confusing.  I had to look at my neighbor to see what position I needed to be in.  The instructor did come around and manipulate me into a correct position a few times.   There is no spine work so you get a work out on legs, core and some arms .  Pilates works every muscle in my opinion.   Overall, I did feel like I got a workout,  I just like Pilates better.   This location was closer to the house, however I’d rather travel a little further and go to real Pilates.

wicked core megaformer

On with more exploring.  There is a park close by that has a creek that floods in heavy rains, you can see the trees that came down as a result of the Harvey flood.  In this park there is a sandy beach area and it’s not crowded.  There is no life guard support.  The park considers the beachy area a canoe launch.  And further down the creek is another launch.  In between there is a paved greenway through the trees that is 20 miles in length.  My plan is to take the bike there and check it out.  I’m hoping to recruit some people to go with.


The morning and evening sky is absolutely beautiful.  The hot day comes to a close and the cooler (warm) temperatures are extremely pleasant.  The sky looks like an abstract painting.


We checked out a few restaurants this weekend.  One was fancy to celebrate my son’s high school graduation.  I snapped a pic of the interesting chandelier.


The other restaurant was picked by my daughter to check out on her birthday.  She is into the trendy farm to table restaurants supporting local food sources.  It was called Herb and Beets.  I had this beet and avocado toast drizzled with balsamic.  She had a salad and fried eggrolls stuffed with macaroni and cheese.  My 3 pieces of toast cost $5.  With the new kitchen at home I would rather make stuff at home.  I think my food comes out pretty good.  I made her a trifle for her birthday “cake”.  Everything was from scratch, custard, whipped cream, lemon pound cake.   It took all morning and it turned out great when I mixed the runny custard with cook and serve pudding.

It’s funny how people post pictures that show seemingly good outcomes, you don’t see the other part of what may have led up to that picture or the struggles.  That applies here as well.



The Art in Father’s Day

Waking up to a rainbow outside has to be a sign of a start to a great day.  It’s the day to appreciate dad.  My husband and I won’t have a chance to visit our parents this year, although we are fortunate to celebrate with our children in the new home.

It finally rained and the best thing to do when it rains is my husband’s favorite activity, which is go to the movies.  He goes to the theater almost every weekend (mostly solo) and the movies aren’t even good most of the time!  I think he goes just for a story.  We saw the movie Tag which is about grownups who continue to play a game of tag every year in the month of May in an effort to remain youthful.  They quote Benjamin Franklin:

“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!”

Theaters have really changed!  The aisle widths are larger, seats are over sized and  recline.  This is a big improvement!  I wish the airlines would do the same.  Really why bother going to the movies if you are more comfortable at home?

The bar stools came in this week so now we have an excuse to break in the new space with Father’s Day dinner watching the baseball game at the bar.  On the menu, hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad and fruit.  For desert, banana pudding, my husband’s favorite!

It still looks pretty bare in the house.  Slowly it will get there.  I’ve been looking for some art for a prominent niche.  For some reason inside the house feels more modern and I’ve been leaning more towards modern decor.  I found this mid century modern brutalist nail art by an American artist, Corey Ellis that I think would be perfect. It would go next to the fireplace in the niche.  Brutalist from what the Internet says is a period after World War 2 whereby things built were completed with unrefined materials, simplistic in design and built with strength.   I really like the idea.


brutalist nail art


The Art in Father’s Day

Windows of Opportunity

We have been working out the quirks of the new home.  We have some issues with the technology and with the AC units.  Things to be frustrated with, however so long as you are determined to resolve, it will be ok.  It’s been a couple of weeks and we are working on windows.  For the bedrooms, I convinced my husband to let me install blinds from the local home improvement store.

We had two drapery makers come out this week.  One was double the price of the other.  The lady that was less expensive was Russian.  I love her!  We work well together.  She brought books of fabric and it was super easy to make a choice.  Once the room has the fabric, it will be cozy.  It would seem the trend in window treatments is simple panels, geometric designs and mainly neutral colors.

I spent most of the beginning of the weekend getting the guest room ready for my daughter.  It’s still a room with random furniture, just less of it now.   It has an eyebrow window and to cover it for privacy has been a challenge.   There is a balance between living like you are in a fish bowl, exposed and covering all the windows up.   While looking at blinds that will fit the wide window, I learned that a Palladian shelf can be installed in the window to provide the middle support that is needed to hang the blinds.  One quote I had was $900+, however I can do the shelf and the blinds for $180.  In the meantime, I used a shower curtain tension rod with her sheers for some privacy until the order comes in.  By leaving the arch and the three windows above it open, there will be enough privacy and enough light keeping the room looking spacious even though it is relatively small.


My husband’s office windows are too narrow for blinds and shutters seem to be a commitment to cover up the windows.  To solve this problem Nora suggested a traverse rod with linen panels.  She showed me a video of one of her previous projects and it seemed like it was the perfect solution for his office.  It will have a little bit of a formal look and masculine with the light grey solid color.  He will have the privacy he wants in the evening and the ability to enjoy the view which is of a small court yard during the day.


Tonight we had dinner together and it was everything I was hoping it to be casual and intimate.  I love it!

Windows of Opportunity

New Home Living

We have been in the new house for a week.  It’s overwhelming, I start unboxing something and then get distracted and switch areas.   It’s hard to keep focused when there is so much to do.  This week we got a lot accomplished.

My husband just wants to keep buying which is driving me crazy.  He stated he isn’t using  wire hangers and proceeded to order wooden hangers.  I put the clothes on the hangers for him and there wasn’t enough.  I convinced him to go with plastic for t-shirts.  His side of the closet… and mine…pics below!

When we left our old house, many things needed to be replaced.  We bought a new lawn mower, trimmer and blower.  The lawn needed attention!  And my husband replaced our patio cushions.  I wondered if it was a good idea to keep the patio furniture.  It ended up costing us a small storage unit for 6 months.  At least we didn’t have to put out more money for a new set.  We don’t have a grill right now so I went to the store to get an electric one, which they did not have.  I went for a table top propane grill for $30 because eventually we will do a nice grill.   An hour later I’m still putting together the pieces and it didn’t work.  Convinced that this grill would work, the next day I kept trying and finally got it to work.  So happy for hamburgers!


We are dealing with an AC problem, they have been out twice to repair it.  This is one of the many things that is stressing me out!  In Texas you don’t need to have AC problems, especially a brand new unit.

The breakfast room re-purposed to an office space is coming along.  I found some art at the “At Home” store.  You can get some great decorating ideas walking into some of the builder model homes.  I’m going for updated on a budget.  Deciding on how to setup this room was not easy.  I looked for ideas on the internet, nothing really helped.  It was weird that we walked into the furniture store, saw the desk and chair and then the vision came together.    We walked into many furniture stores, some just don’t have the style that excites you.  The desk just needs a lamp and a couple of decorations and it’s done.  Simple and no clutter.




New Home Living